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with the jewelry inside. fox 5's lauren demarco has the details. >> it happened at fashion center at pentagon city earlier today. the suspects were in and out in under a minute and tonight they're still on the loose. >> we can say it's a smash and grab job. >> within a matter of seconds police say four suspects walk into this zales jewelry store, bust open a case and make off with handfuls of jewelry. police say they took 27 diamond rings. >> and approximate value of $128,000. >> surveillance video shows at least one of the men using a hammer to break through the protective glass. then all four grab what they can. officials say no employees or customers were hurt. >> no threats were made. the employe feared for their safety, so they backed away. >> it happened after 11 a.m. inside the fashion center at pentagon city. >> it's a shock to hear at 11:00 broad daylight, a lot of people. >> mall employee anthony glover says he'll be extra careful in the suspects are caught. >> they do make my a little nervous, you know. have to watch myself. >> after grabbing the rings the suspects ran for the nearest e
. >>> the pentagon grounded its entire fleet of f 35 war planes after finding a crack on a turbine plane. 51 planes are grounded while they test. the f 35 is the pentagon's most expensive weapons program estimated at nearly $400 billion. >>> coming up on the news edge, more scandal for the dc government. what former rising star in the districts could be heading to prison. and a metro bus driver attacked with pepper spray.  >>> just in case you didn't know, sunday is hollywood's biggest night, and what the stars are wearing to the oscars is almost as important as the awards being handed out. here's a fashion preview. >> reporter: hollywood's hottest stars are hours away from walking the world's most important red carpet. >> go towards the new and the different, but you've got to be careful that you don't go over that linen fashionville. >> reporter: some of the ladies have been thinking about what to wear for weeks. others even longer. >> most little girls dream about their wedding dresses, but i always dreamed about my oscar dress. this year i'm kind of going with th
men caught on camera monday smashing a display case inside the zales jewelry store in pentagon city stealing 27 diamond rings. >> i had seen that and when i looked up at my desk and i saw the guy heading toward me, that was the first thing i thought. they're here, same ones. >> reporter: frederick police say they're looking into that possibility. >> we're in communication with arlington pd. we're reviewing their information and showing them our information and seeing if they link up and if they do, we'll work it cooperatively. >> reporter: in both cases it appears the bandits used a hammer to break open the display cases. in today's caper the hammer was dropped and left behind, their victims left to deal with the effects of being pepper sprayed, but they're all okay physically. >> after today's heist police say the hooded men got away in derek colored suv or truck. it was a red -- a dark colored suv or truck. it was a red sedan that was seen leaving the scene in pentagon city. >>> police believe this woman robbed two banks in a matter of minutes yesterday in northwest d.c. one rob
about pentagon, defense secretary, once, that he never called anybody in libya, and, are you also surprised -- i'm not saying -- i'm astonished, the administration refused to give congress the fbi interviews with the survivors of benghazi. >> those are good questions and are always unanswered in questions like this but the hagel confirmation is not the forum to get that kind of information. there is another dimension here and that is, what are democratic senators really thinking about the hagel nomination? i understand some of them actually called the white house and said, is hagel going to withdraw? would he consider withdrawing, the answer is an emphatic "no" and, remember, john erlichmen, nixon's aide used to talk about twisting slowly in the wind and the factor here is time and there is this twisting in the wind aura to all of this, and i wonder whether the democrats are kind of looking and asking what really is the fundamental question here, is he the best person to be secretary of defense? >> chris: all right. we have to take a break, when we come back the fight over spendin
are supposed to leave afghanistan after next year but the pentagon is now pushing a three high pressure year plan to keep about 8,000 troops there after the nato mission ends. the "washington post" reports that the plan would reduce the number of americans over the following two years. the phased reduction approach would redefine the u.s. end game in afghanistan. >>> leon panetta is authorizing more benefits to same-sex partners but the pentagon is not he can tending some housing benefits saying the complex issue requires more review and it has triggered concerns among military leaders. the defendants department memo does give same-sex military partners other benefits like identification cards to get into commissaries and other services. housing payments and health benefits cannot be included because of federal law. >>> an army veteran who survived a taliban attack has been awarded the medal of honor. president obama commended former staff sergeant clinton romsha saying he helped defend the indefensible. he was with a group of 53 troops far outnumbered by more than 300 taliban fighters charg
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marco joins us with the details. >> it happened at the fashion mall in pentagon city earlier today. you can clearly see four men wearing hoods walk into zales jewelry store. at least one suspect is armed with a hammer and begins smashing away at the glass. the others help peel it back and all four grab what they can. they made off with 27 diamond rings, estimated value $128,000. after grabbing the rings the suspects took off running for the nearest exit. it led to the top level of the parking garage where there was a get-away driver in a red sedan. they drove through a closed gate exiting onto 15th street. investigators are checking security cameras in the garage to see if they can get a better description on the car or tag numbers. >> it's pretty scary because you come to the city thinking there's security and there's security all over the mall. so that is pretty gutsy on their behalf. >> they did conceal their identities by wearing hoods and i don't know if it's masks, but they did conceal their faces. so maybe through clothes the public will be able to help us locating these individuals.
of pentagon cash. >> that region as everyone knows will be hard hit if the sequestration is allowed to take affect. >> and there is almost certainly some truth to that. defense contractors are bracing for cuts. but other claims about what is a relatively small cut may be more dubious. secretary of homeland security says the country would be less secure. >> i'm not here to scare people. i'm here to inform. and also to let people begin to plan. because they are going to see these impacts in their daily lives. >> what if things like long airport lines don't materialize. take weeks or months to kick in. and republicans claim the president is exaggerating. >> he's far more interested in holding campaign rallies than he is in urging senate democrats actually pass a plan. >> if you can't handle a 2.3% cut, how can we put this place back in order. >> and the is he questionster may also get lost while those cuts start hitting on friday march 1st, the continuing resolution that funds the government expires on march 27th. flip forward to may and against another debt ceiling making the sequester cuts l
this will mean damaging layoffs of teachers, law enforcement and food safety inspectors. and, the pentagon will be hit, too. they propose a mix of spending cuts and, yes, more taxes, through limiting deductions, for the wealthy. i sat down late friday with house democratic leader nancy pelosi and asked her about the fast-approaching deadline. congressman pelosi, welcome back to fox news sunday. >> welcome to the capitol. >> chris: the white house says, sequestration will have a severe effect on many americans. house republicans agree. but they say the answer is to find other spending cuts, not tax hikes. >> well, i think that the sequestration is a bad idea, all around. it is something that is out of the question. the fact is, we have had plenty of spending cuts, $1.6 trillion in the budget control act. what we need is growth, growth with jobs and if you have spending cuts, education of our children, other investments, where you are hindering growth, you are no going to reduce the deficit. so, what we do need is more revenue, and more cuts, but i would like to see that a big, balanced, bol
cases know what his own policy was, i mean, he'll be the head of the pentagon. >> well, it raises questions on shows like this but -- >> senator, it wouldn't raise a question in your mind? >> he corrected his answers and he watch as -- i think he misspoke and it wasn't as if he was projecting a real difference on policy with the administration. but, ultimately in matters, chris, it is how he performs as secretary of defense. on gates, leon panetta set the bar pretty high and i think he'll clear the bar and is better prepared the next time. >> chris: laura, at various point, in hagel's testimony he didn't seem to know or thought much about major issues, about the pentagon, about mondaying, at one point called the iranian government legitimate and elected. are you as forgiving as senator bayh. >> the russians and the chinese were probably watching how this played out, because, i -- as bill kristol -- he was right when he said it wasn't just a second rate performance, it could have been the worst performance that ever took place at a confirmation hearing and that is saying something,
smashed their way into a jewelry store at the pentagon city mall. four masked men used hammers to smash the display case after getting away in a car and smashed through a gate leaving the mall. >>> straight ahead here on the news edge, a u.s. senator defends a message. some are calling racist. >> this is a building designed for the people who help keep all of us safe. and about to open. i'm beth parker. the story coming up. >> the parade route is set for after the ravens return home. touched down at bwi moments ago. a recap ahead in the sports edge. >> and taco bell's superbowl commercial was a hit among viewers. shows senior citizens blowing off steam and headed back to the nursing home where they topped off with a meal from taco bell.  all right that's a fifth-floor problem... ok. not in my house! ha ha ha! ha ha ha! no no no! not today! ha ha ha! ha ha ha! jimmy how happy are folks who save hundreds of dollars switching to geico? happier than dikembe mutumbo blocking a shot. get happy. get geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more. >>> arizon
in reductions by march 1st. if not, they would shrink pentagon spending by 7.9% and domidwesting spending by 5.3% and medicare a 2% reduction. >> i believe they should pass a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reforms that would delay the economically damaging affects of the sequester for a few more mots until congress finds a way. >> reporter: the president wants to raise more money by ending tax loopholes, but republicans want deeper entitlement cuts. >> if we're going to connect with the american people, it's important that they see not only that we're serious about solving our debt problems. >> a studdie by george mason university estimated 448,000 jobs could be affected in d.c., maryland, and virginia. for months, defense contractors have pleaded for action. >> we would hope that congress would meet their obligations to us and to the public. >> reporter: virginia congressman frank wolf wrote to the president and speaker arguing the bipartisan plan would avoid sequestration and stop its widespread affect on jobs. >> sequestration will hurt not only the defense side bow the non-defens
. getting deals on pentagon contractors. >>> a day after burger king says twitter account was hacked, jeep says the same thing. cadillac is owned by chrysler. jeep is not the only corporation reporting cyber attacks. apple says some of its macintosh computers were attacked. >> the cash strapped postal service is trying its hand at side action. starting this fall, they will launch a clothing line. the apparel and accessories will be called rain, heat and snow. technology to create smart apparel also known as wearable electronics. jackets with i pod controls built into the sleeves. i like it. may i also say i went to the united states post office yesterday in the bethesda yesterday. met a wonderful gentleman, bernie. he's been trying to craft a perfect tony and tucker question. we love the united states post office. >>> still ahead in our next half hour, a dire warning from the white house. might it be a little too late however? >> and we're going to sit down with our team for a look at why a deal to stop the sequester probably won't happen. >> but first an american in saint peters seat? wha
impact. >> reporter: the pentagon laying it out in stark terms. 800,000 civilian workers will face 1 day-a-week furloughs starting next week and the following 22 weeks. >> those affects would be felt in this area disproportionately because we have so many military bases and contractors. >> reporter: the professor, executive and resident at american university expects that if furloughs do happen, government contractors will continue to pay their mortgage, their car payments and other essential bills. as they learn to lyolyses, there will be a trickle-down -- learn to live on less, there will be a trickledown effect. >> it happens more and more. >> we don't know. >> we don't know. the uncertainty is making everyone nervous. >> air traffic controllers and airport security will see cutbacks, which means more delays at airports across the country. thousands of teachers and educators will be laid off. >> reporter: the cuts will hit maryland hard. a direct hit on the state's vibrant biotech industry. maryland senator barbara mikulski toured an nih lab wednesday learning what the $1.5 billion in
to that from the pentagon. 10,000 teachers could be laid off. a reduction of boarder agents. longer waits on airport security lines. hold a meeting tuesday to outline what the cuts could do to their respective counties. chuck hagel's nomination remains up in the air. republicans delayed a confirmation vote. questioned how the white house questioned the deadly attack which had nothing to do with chuck hagel. even though he does not think hage l is qualified, he will be confirmed. another vote expected after con-- >>> several gun and ammunition companies are threatening to leave if new strict laws are put into place. a ban of magazines that include more than 15 rounds. a gun tax on all purchases. a ban on private sale of firearms and instituting you know vicious al background checks. >> over 200 jobs in assembly shipping design and headquarters facilities. and 400 or even more in our supplier's subcontractors throughout colorado. >> final action on all four measures are expected in the colorado state house today. supported by vice president joe biden. >>> a news alert tonight. on the scene
installing as, defense companies and the pentagon itself and virginia's democratic and republican lawmakers disagree on how to solve the crisis, there isboroing acknowledgment there might be no solution before friday. >> reporter: as president obama rallied, virginia's republican congressman questioned his holding a campaign-style southwest rage event whole no new talks are underway to prevent it from happening. >> the question i leave to you is to ask this, who the president can fix sequestration in the shipyard in virginia. if he can, i wish he would have been there a year ago so we wouldn't have to have this unstable situation. >> reporter: the virginiava congressmen are both members of the house armed services committee and both warn the axe will haunt virginia's economy and the nation's defense. >> it affects our readiness. the military chiefs don't have the ability to place the cuts thoughtfully and methodically across the defense budget. they have to go through and cut across the board. >> reporter: the damage could be significant. a white house briefing paper warns 90,000 civilian d
with vice president joe biden. >>> it looks like president obama's choice to head the pentagon has the votes for confirmation. chuck hagel got the vote of richard shelby yesterday. >>> officials in peru are cracking down on magic motions and esix irs. the liquids are supposed to bring love or money but health officials say they are more likely to bring infects. some of the bottles, packets and bruise contain fungus. authorities are also taking away books on magic being candles and photographs. shop owners are being charged with public health crimes. find another way to get your love going on without the love notion number nine. >> have you to do it the old- fashioned way. >> a 10-year-old takes extreme measures when he decided he just did not want to go to bed. why police paid him a little visit. >> as we head to break, we'll take a live look outside right now because it is cold. that is not anything new for february. but tucker says we've got some interesting things on the way. we'll get a nice little buffet. that is the word we've been using all morning. a buffet of weather coming up throu
the plants and production facilities across the country. >> reporter: the pentagon says military readiness and civilian employees will suffer and many republicans agree that the cuts will hurt. others say the president's insistence on new tax hikes ignores other reductions that could replace the sequester cuts. >> in you were to pay federal employees about the same level you pay private employees that saves about $32 billion a year. other places to cut. you could cut foreign aid in half and save $20 billion. so we have a list of savings we could send to the president if he's interested and we could do this without laying anybody off. >> reporter: now, there is a campaign element to all this. the president has been crisscrossing the country, trying to drum up public support and put more pressure on congress to get a deal done. next week he will head to newport to talk specifically about the cuts to the pentagon. back to you. >> sherri ly, thank you very much. >>> in other news, d.c. council members are holding a special meeting next week to discuss taking possible action against ward one co
on tape. take a look. four masked men walked into zale's jewelry store at the fashion center at pentagon city. the men smashed a display case and took off with 27 diamond rings. a car was waiting in the parking lot for them at the time. fortunately, no one was hurt during this. the rings are worth more than $120,000. anyone with information is asked to call arlington county police. police. >>> new this morning, the d.c. region is once again tops when it comes to the worst traffic congestion in the country. >> and from the sounds of it, it is only going to get worse. fox 5's melanie alnwick is live along i-207 in rockville, maryland with details of this brand-new study. >> good morning. at this hour of the morning, of course, things moving along pretty well along 270. as we know, with any of the major arteries and the side roads in the area, just one little accident can snarl the entire morning for commuters. it really is becoming a problem and it just -- it is one of those things that isn't getting any better. now, according to the texas transportation institute study, they say that our
somewhere by march 1st. otherwise, pentagon spending would shrink by 7.9%. domestic spending by 5.3% and medicare would take a 2% reduction. the president prefers an option that raises more money by closing tax loopholes. republicans want to stick with spending cuts only. a study by george mason university estimated that 448,000 jobs in d.c., maryland and virginia could be affected by automatic indiscriminate budget cuts. business leaders and local congressmen are concerned about the impact on our economy. >> and sequestration will hurt not only the defense side but the non-defense side. my committee funds the f.b.i. there will probably be furloughs at the f.b.i. there will be furloughs potentially at the national cancer institute, at nih. this thing has ramifications for defense and non-defense. >> reporter: the cuts were originally scheduled to kick in january 1st because congress couldn't grow on a broad package to reduce the deficit several times in 2011 and 2012 in excomping for republicans agreeing to raise the debt ceiling and they were pushed off again during the year-end
. they are also hacking pentagon contractors. >> when it hit the defense and steal documents, word documents, powerpoint documents, when they hit the private sector blue chip companies that are doing mergers and acquisitions, we see targeted threats against the e-mail. >> the democratic chair said this clearly demonstrates a need to pass cyber security legislation as soon as possible. >> in less than two hours, we will hear from president barack obama's new secretary of state. john kerry will talk about president obama's investments in foreign policy. after he addresses students and teachers, he'll sit down with the president at the white house this afternoon. >> president obama issues a dire warning just over a week before the dreaded budget sequester kicks in. if a deal isn't reached in congress, fox's doug luzader has the latest. >> reporter: tony, good morning. no one really expected we would be here. the sequester was designed to be unpleasant for democrats and republicans. doesn't look like they are going to be able to stop it. >> summoning first responders to the white house painting
to head the pentagon. pentagon. >>> a check of this morning's other top stories. the maryland senate is expected to take up a gun control law today that has the support of governor martin o'malley. opponents say it violates second amendment rights, one of most con ten schuss provisions would require people to submit to fingerprints for handgun licensing. it also would ban assault weapons. >>> the man accused in the mother-daughter murders in prince george's county will have to be retried. a judge decolored a mistrial in the case against jason scott on a technicality. the bodies of dolores and ebony dewitt were found in the trunk of a stolen burned out car in 2009. someone testified scott was involved in multiple home invasions but it had been previously ruled that only one home unvision was admissible. >> he has taken away from me my sister, my mentor, my teacher, my friend. so he must stand trial for this person. my niece. >> these are the two women in our community who were killed and we are absolutely determined that we will hold him accountable. >> the retrial is set to start in
troops to decide whether to allow gay members. >>> the pentagon is also taking steps to be more inclusive of gays. defense secretary will extend some benefits to same sex partners of military members. comes more than a year after the pentagon lifted the ban on gays serving in the military. >> president obama will try to sell democrats on his plans for immigration, gun control and the economy during a closed door meeting today. this happened in annapolis. the president's ambitious second term agenda relies on support from law makers. >>> and while the president heads to maryland. >> billions of dollars will take effect next month. without one, the district could be hit hard. melanie alnwick is live with the latest details. >> reporter: tony and allison, if you feel like we've been here before, that's because we have. a very long and frustrating game of kick the can here. seems like over and over again. these cuts were supposed to kick in january 1st. back in 2011 and 2012, congress could not agree on a broader package. that was an exchange for republicans agreeing to raise the debt ceiling
should stop stalling a vote despite a his belief that chuck hagel is not qualified to run the pentagon. >> making headlines around the region now, the investigation continues into a house fire in southeast that critically injuredt a little girl. g flames ripped through this home on 33rd street yesterday morning.ay the 4 year old girl remains in the hospital. a 2 year old boy and three adults were treated for minor injuries. the home's owner is charged with felony threats and simple assault. investigators say he made threats against one of the women living at that home while crews worked to put out the flames.t >>> police on the eastern shore are investigating the murder of a college student. 21-year-old edmond saint clair was stabbed to death on the campus of the university of maryland eastern shore. police do not believen this was a random crime and may have been the result of an argument that was on going or on-going disput. >> and a virginia family will be waiting to hear the resultses of a vote in the virginia senate today. law makers are scheduled to vote on a bill that would mak
the pentagon and a lot of defense contractors and they are going to get whacked if sequestration happens. mandatory arbitrary really budget cuts that it will take affect march 1st. suburban maryland has national institutes of health. military hospital, naval hospital, the food and drug administration. so suburban maryland has a lot invested in the health sciences. and they are going to suffer too if sequestration happens. and my column focuses on the affect on medical research. the national institutes of health provides almost all of funding in the country for basic medical research. and they are very excited about a lot of promising things going on in health research right now especially related to flu, cancer, muscular dystrophy, diabetes, alzheimers. and they say they are already strapped. they've actually been losing ground in terms of how much medical research they can fund over the last 10 years and if sequestration happens, it's going to be a really big set back. >> do we know how much money they do stand to lose? >> they stand to lose $1.6 billion just the national institutes of
. the accident activity was tying up the two right lanes, but has cleared. backup leaving the pentagon. that's a check of your fox 5 on time traffic. >>> world series or bust. that's nats' manager's viewpoint. they have the motivation to make it happen. but let's hope they don't get uninvited guests. players say a bird dropped a fish on the field yesterday. little welcome to florida, boys. after a few minutes of gawking, ian desmond threw it over the fence. in our 9:00 hour we'll get a look at how things are shaping up and perhaps what kind of fish that was. >>> starting today the racing presidents. vote on who you think will win on twitter, with the #votebill and voteteddy. >>> bruce allen is standing firm on the team's name. he said it's ludicrous to suggest the franchise is trying to upset native americans. he says they won't buckle in to people who think the name is offensive. he gave his opinion yesterday if he groundbreaking for the new training facility. the new facility is expected to bring $40 million worth of investments to the city and hundreds of jobs. >>> imagine giving up an 81
. backed up past german town. 395 northbound headed out towards seminary road. leaving the pentagon over the inbound 14th street bridge. let's continue with the maps. pull them up for you. we do have problems to report headed in to downtown. accident activity clean up continues. new crash to report south capitol street. stalled car cleared. again, coming inbound from the west down to 30 miles an hour. the pace remains well below speed at 16 miles an hour. and traffic back up now to 49 miles an hour. a little bit of improvement leaving vienna. that's a check of your fox 5 on time traffic. >> thank you very much. even though congress is in recess, some law makers have not left washington offices and continuing to press for solutions. some democrats say congress should give up home district break and get back to work. joining us now is ed okeef also writes the congressional blog. >> good to see you. >> you talk to some of these law makers. at least one of them i thought it was funny rob andrews from new jersey you talked to and he didn't want to answer. >> he wouldn't say where he was. ther
-- by the process and does it weaken his ability to deal with competing power structures inside the pentagon? >> well, the first impression was not positive, because of the -- as a result of the hearings, chris, no doubt about that and it is imperative for the new defense secretary. he will be confirmed. his first public outing or two it will be important to project the command, gravitas, thoroughly briefed, in charge of the facts, to dispel the original im protection creapres after that, it will be to surround himself with a strong management team. it is a big management responsibility, at the pentagon and they'll go through changes and fiscal challenges, without the sequester, and, so ultimately the proof in the pudding will be in how he performs as defense secretary and if he comes out of the blocks as a veteran professional, it is not a big deal and he can put it behind him. >> chris: bill one way the white house is trying to clear the path for two nominees, hagel at defense and brennan at cia, is that they have kind of grudgingly been dragged out, have agreed to release some of the e-ma
at pentagon city mall. the men smashed a display case with a hammer and then took off with 27 diamond rings. a car was waiting for them in the parking lot. >> it was pretty scary. you come to the city thinking there is security and there is security all over the mall so that is pretty gutsy on their behalf. >> they did conceal their identities by wearing hoods and i don't know if it is masked but they did conceal the faces. so maybe through clothes, the public will be able to help us locate the individuals. >> the rings are worth more than $120,000. anyone with information should call arlington county police. >>> president obama takes his push for gun control reform on the road speaking with law enforcement about his plans to prevent another tragedy. >> new information about a bus company involved in a fatal crash over the weekend. details on a long list of safety problems coming up. time now is 4:36. [ male announcer ] with over 50 delicious choices of green giant vegetables it's easy to eat like a giant... ♪ and feel like a green giant. ♪ ho ho ho ♪ green giant [ huhummin] [ babblin
on camera smashing a display case inside the zales jewelry store in pentagon city stealing 27 diamond rings. patty herwitz is the owner of the frederick store. >> i had seen that and when i looked up from my desk and saw the guy heading toward me, that was the first thing i thought, they're here, same ones. >> reporter: the suspects have done a pretty good job hiding their faces, so no descriptions are available. >> we're in communication with arlington pd. we're reviewing their information and showing them our information and seeing if they link up. if they do, we'll work it cooperatively. >> employees and customers victimized today in frederick were treated for exposure to pepper spray, none of them hospitalized. ed. >>> two people dead after a morning fire at a house that was supposed to be vacant at a row home lounge r street southeast. witnesses say -- along r street southeast. witnesses say they could see flames across the anacostia river. firefighters found the victims inside the boarded up home both reportedly burned beyond facial recognition which may make it very difficult to ide
, we're following two big stories this morning. the pentagon forced to make a major cut that some are concerned will be a threat to security. >>> time now is 5:28.  [ male announcer ] pipillsbury grands biscuits. delicious. but say i press a few out flat... add some beef sloppy joe sauce... and cheese fold it all up and boom! i just made an unbeatable unsloppy joe pillsbury grands biscuits. let the making begin. [ malcrrkkhshziiiizzlllee. to this symphony of flavor: beautiful. shhhhshshshshhshshhhhhsshhhshs. gorgeous! here comes the crescendo. kkerrrrbbuuuuuucraaackkk. just...incredible. pillsbury toaster strudel. if beethoven made breakfast. >>> good morning on this thursday, looking live over washington d.c. going to be a little cold. little check in with tucker now and get the latest on our forecast. >>> good morning. just looking at the latest s torm. we have a developing storm tomorrow. we're going to be on the southern and western end of it. if you don't like winter w eather, that's good news for u s. our friends to the north will be shoveling and shoveling later t
from the pentagon. there would be a big impact on federal workers here in the district. >> republicans blame the president but democrats argue that mr. obama has a plan the republicans won't accept. >> they will not consider anything that includes closing loopholes. >> if you want to look at ways to find $1.2 trillion in savings over the next decade, let's look at obamacare and let's not destroy the military and cut blindly across the board. >>> a 4-year-old girl remains in critical condition following a fire on sunday. several other people inside the home were taken to the hospital for burns and smoke inhalation but have since been released. the home as owner, 46-year-old jeremy calvary lewis is charged with felony threats and simple assaults. investigators said he was making threats against one of the women at the home while crews worked to put the blames out. >>> the investigation continues this morning into i deadly hit and run in northeast. police say just after 10:30 saturday night, a pedestrian somehow fell into the road on to the crosswalk and was hit. this happened in the 100
to $85 billion. more than half that from the pentagon t impacts more than the defense budget. everything from education to disaster relief funding could be hit. lawmaker have been sounding at large for months and new numbers back it up. maryland, virginia and the district would take the hardest hit if sequestration happens. a report by wells fargo says our area is the most vulnerable to defense and nondefense cuts that will come in a deal is not reached soon. meantime, virginia governor bob mcdonnell has sent a letter to president obama asking him to assert the automatic cuts. >>> we are also monitoring metro for you this morning. >> it's thought that may not even cross your mind when you ride the rails but knowing what to do if it happens could save your life. we'll have more on that coming up. first, let's talk to tucker barnes. >> want to bring an umbrella today. we've got some showers in the forecast. looks like it is all liquid around here as temperatures have fallen only in the upper 30s. julie is back too with your traffic coming up after the break.  >>> l
information. they are also hacking pentagon contractors. >> when they hit the defense industrial base, they steal documents, word documents, power point documents, power point documents. when they hit the private sector blue chip american companies, we see more target threats against the e-mail. >> the democratic chair of the senate intelligence committee said, quote, this is a sobering public report. it clearly demonstrates the need to pass cybersecurity legislation as soon as possible. >> still ahead, the return of the wizards. >> that's right. plus, why rg iii took to twitter to defend his new commercial featuring the redskin star quarterback, coming up next.  every time someone chooses finish over cascade, it sparks a movement. because people can't keep it to themselves. look ! no ugly spots ! awesome! incredible shine. i'm switching for good. love, love, love finish! over a million people have switched to finish. visit us on facebook. >>> the wizards and bradley beal of the game. before the game, beal received an award as the eastern conference rookie of the month
to become slick. light volume from the occoquan to the pentagon and no issues to report on 66 leaving manassas to the beltway. that's a check of your fox 5 on-time traffic. e traffic. >>> an update on the troubled dreamliner which has been grounded for more than a month now. in a report released today, investigators in japan said they identified the causes of fuel leaks and other problems with boeing's 787. it said the oil leak was caused by an improper paint job that led to a switch not working correctly. a poor taping job led to cracks in cockpit glass and i afaulty part led to braking problems. they are still looking into the more serious battery problems. >>> president's day was monday but today is actually george washington's birthday and to celebrate, the citizenship and immigration service is holding a naturalization ceremony at mount vernon where 50 people will become american citizens. the event at the historic estate includes speakers including an actor playing general george washington. it starts at 11:00 this morning. >>> a new statue of rosa parks will be unveiled on capi
the pentagon to the inbound 14th street bridge. inbound suitland parkway and coming across the douglas bridge. that's a check of your fox 5 on time traffic. >> julie, thanks. red light cameras in maryland causing quite the stir among drivers in rockville. >> the amount of tickets in the last year has nearly doubled and the reason why may surprise you. melanie alnwick is live with more. >> reporter: good morning, tony and allison. yeah, you know, this is definitely causing a lot of consternation among drivers especially those who received tickets and didn't realize they were being cited for blowing through a red light when they believed they stopped at those intersections. so here's what's going on. the city of rockville changed camera vendors. changed the cameras and what they consider to be a red light violation. let's show you video we shot. here's what it looks like. the cameras will flash if the driver crosses the white stop line. also videotaped drivers making right turns on red but they'll get a ticket if they don't come to a complete stop before making the turn. westbound at research.
pentagon parking and the earlier crash has cleared. lanes are open. southbound connecticut avenue. heavy and slow from the beltway. that's a check of your fox 5 on time traffic. >> julie, thank you very much. chief financial officer says he is stepping down june 1st. he has served the city for nearly 15 years and is just one year into his current five year term. a spokes person says the retirement is for purely personal reasons. comes amid questions into tax assessments and transparency. for more on the surprising resignation and what's next, we turn to jack evans. good morning, a little unfair. everybody was up watching the superbowl. thanks for coming in early. let's talk about this. is this a surprise resignation? >> a little bit of a surprise. confirmed for another five year term in june. not been that long. i was surprised when he decided to go. he's had a rough six months. maybe that entered into his decision. >> purely personal reasons. that is the story we are reporting. that is what your office has heard. >> that's what he told me personally he was leaving to focus more time in
prepared level in a decade. the pentagon announced wednesday it has approved cutting the aircraft carriers from 2 to 1. the move will save millions of dollars each year. despite his opposition, some analysts say the move is logical. >> so all it does is temporarily at times reduce our standing cape ability to launch a preemptive strike. so if we change our mind we can change the policy. >> budget issues are forcing carriers to stay at sea longer for nine instead of 6. >> attracted hundreds of protestors yesterday. governor martin omalley is calling for a ban on military type rifles increasing licensing fees and requiring training in order to own a gun. the governor believes his plan will prevent dangerous people from owning the guns. republicans say it punishes the wrong people. also in maryland, a push to increase the number of early voting centers. the early voting access act will be considered today and if passed would allow more early voting centers during primary elections. comes after voters were forced to wait in line for hours to cast their ballot during the presidential election i
a look at this. four masked men walked into zale's jewelry store at the pentagon city mall. the men smashed adisplea case and took off with 27 diamond rings worth more than $120,000. >>> dog lovers will be rallying in annapolis today. we are trying to change the maryland law that singles out pit bulls as an inherently dangerous breed. a state senate committee will hear a new bill today that would ease the court of appeals ruling last year that held pit bull owners and landlords to strict standards. it would let defendants have a chaps to court to try to prove the dog was not dangerous. >>> a push tomorrow prove the city's health care. phil mendelsohn will propose a bill that, for passed would mandate a nurse to patient ratio. yesterday, supporters packed the d.c. council chambers and they say the bill is necessary to combat a growing problem of fewer nurses and more patients in hospitals. >>> d.c. mayor vincent gray will deliver his state of the district tonight. he is expected to lay out the current status of the city and outline his plans for 2013. the mayor says the surplus will
and there is a people would use the pentagon metro station. three of the station's six escalators will go out of service starting today. they are being completely replaced. now, the project should be finished sometime in the fall. >>> bus rider coming in from the west have a new place to leave their cars. a new park and ride lot opens today in ashburn. this is for the people would use the loudoun county tyson's express bus service. the new lot is at goose creek village at the corner of sickle and bell montreal ridge road. >>> the ravens win super bowl xlvii and it was an extra special night for joe flacco who was named mvp. hear what he has to say about the honor. the honor.  [ woman ] my boyfriend andnd i were going on vacation, so i used my citi thankyou card to pick up some accessories. a new belt. some nylons. and what girl wouldn't need new shoes? and with all the points i've been earning, i was able to get us a flight to our favorite climbing spot, even on a holiday weekend. ♪ things are definitely... looking up. [ male announcer ] with no blackout dates, you can use your citi thankyou
it would contain. jennifer davis, fox news. >> now to a news alert out of the pentagon city, thieves smashed their way into a jewelry display counter and made off with handfuls of jewelry. the thieves used hammers to do the job and ran to a get away car in the parking garage. smooshed through a gate as it got away. >> no one was injured inside the store in terms of patrons or employees. however, the employees did fear for their safety so they backed away. >> police say the thieves grabbed 27 diamond rings worth $128,000. >> police think two attempted bank robberies by a woman in upper northwest dc may be related. one happened here on connecticut avenue in cleveland park just after 9:30 this morning. the other happened at the p and c bank in tinley town. the suspect was described as a woman. here are the surveillance photos wearing sun glasses, puffy coat with a bandage on her face. she was seen getting away in a black car. >> dc police arrested a man in a deadly stabbing. happened on the 1600 block of fuller street. charged with murdering howard veneble junior. >> as the 5 continues
. ♪ chocolate. >>> the pentagon is facing massive budget cuts in the coming weeks. if congress fails to act by march 1st, the series of cuts will be made to the u.s. military's defense capability. here's more -- capability. here's more. >> reporter: during the fall debate, president obama said the sequester, quote, won't happen. now his white house is saying domestic programs will be cut 9% and military programs cut 13% this year, unless congress takes action. >> putting our fiscal house in order calls for a balanced approach, not massive indiscriminant cuts that can have a severe impact on our military preparedness. >> reporter: republicans think they gave a lot of ground during fiscal cliff negotiations. a spokesman per speaker boehner said the president got his higher taxes last month with no corresponding cuts. the tax issue has been resolved and spending is the problem. meanwhile, military leaders are sounding the alarm. >> instead of being a first- rate power in the world, we turn into a second-rate power and that would be the result of sequester. >> reporter: the white house said fri
of jobs in our area could be in jeopardy from classrooms to the pentagon. fox 5 morning news continues right now. right now. >>> good morning to you. straight up 6:00. live look outside right now. the washington monument in the background right now. temperatures 31 degrees. a chilly wednesday, hump day, february 6, 2013. good morning to you. i'm wisdom martin. >> we do have two school delays to pass along to you. garrett county, maryland public schools are on a two-hour delay and also a two-hour delay for the mountain ridge district in allegany county. a little bit of weather they are dealing with out there. >> yeah, we've had the series of clipper systems and they've been getting a little more each time than what we get around here. a little icy. that is the worst of t to the east of the bay, we are getting reports of fog. otherwise, around here, just some cloud cover to start your morning. your commute should be dry. kids going to the bus stop, it is cold in the low 30s. want to be ready for a february morning. but later this afternoon, a little sunshine. something we haven't done fo
and 11 million dealing with two feet of snow. >>> the pentagon is facing massive budget cuts in the coming weeks and if congress fails to act, a series of cuts will be made to the u.s. military's defense capabilities. >> reporter: during a fall debate, president obama said the is quester, quote, will not happen. but now his white house was saying domestic programs will be cut 9% and military programs will be cut 13% this year. unless congress takes action. >> putting our fiscal house in order calls for a balanced approach and not indiscriminate cuts that can have a severe impact our military preparedness. >> reporter: for the balanced approach, republicans think they gave a lot of ground during fiscal cliff negotiations, a spokesman for speaker boehner said the president got the higher taxes on the wealthy last month with no corresponding cuts. the tax issue is resolved and spends is the problem still. meanwhile, military leader are sounding the alarm. >> instead of being a first- rate power in the world, we turn into a second-rate power. that would be the result of the sequ
the day after four thieves pulled off this smash and grab robbery at the zales jewelry store in pentagon city. the same gang of thieves? police in both arlington and frederick are comparing videos and notes. >> we were open today, all day, and tomorrow will be open completely full staffed back to business as usual because valentine's day is coming. >> lieutenant pennington says arresting one of the men should help them close the case. as one person on the street in frederick tonight told us, there's no honor among thieves. brian. >>> bob barnard tonight. taking a live look outside. calm and quiet out there now. changes may be coming. it's looking worse for our neighbors to the north. sue has the details. sue, what do you see? >> for the first time this year, we had a lot of clippers coming through, but now there's a southern storm that is trying to get organized and that will be a player. let me show you what i'm talking about as we check out our radar. you can see a batch of snow north of chicago and a lot of heavy rain down east of houston traveling along the gulf coast. it appears
is the president's pick to lead the pentagon. brennan is in line for lead the cia. >> i do believe if he had picked up the phone, called the libyan government, these folks could have gotten out of the airport to the annex and the last two guys may very well be alive and if he did call the libyan officials and they sort of blew him off, that will affect whether or not i would give foreign aid in the future to libya. but if he failed to call on behalf of those people under edge, thennic that is a massive failure of leadership by our commander in chief. >> -- under siege, then i think that is a massive failure of leadership by our commander in chief. >>> grammy's top prize. we'll show you who walked away as the night's big winners. we'll tell you about it when we come back. [ anouncer ] ihop is in time square to compare new griddle-melts to your usual breakfast sandwich. a lot more flavor. [ anouncer ] ihop's new griddle melts... made fresh and hot! hand crafted just for you. it's like a sexy sandwich. [ anouncer ] compare new griddle melts yourself. just $4.99. it's an epic breakfast sandwich. [ fema
story ahead at 6. >> and the pentagon takes a stance in support of same-sex marriage. just ahead on the news edge at 6.  dinner's ready. [ female announcer ] hamburger helper stroganoff. beefy. creamy. stroganoffy. helpers. forty dishes, all delicious. i just finished a bowl of your light chicken pot pie soup and it was so rich and creamy... is it really 100 calories? let me put you on webcan... lean roasted chicken... and a creamy broth mmm i can still see you. [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. >>> a jury is deciding the fate of a baltimore man accused of killing a teenager. felicia barns disappeared in 2010 while visiting relatives during a trip from north carolina. months later, her body was found in the susquehanna river. michael johnson is accused in her death. he raped her inside the apartment, killed her and ditched the body in the river. no one saw him do it and there was no motive for the crime. >>> a judge denied zimmerman's request to have more time to prepare for his upcoming murder trial. where's accused of killing
along, roads in pentagon city are closed this morning for a 5k race. portions are shut down now or will be shut down within the hour. all should reopen by 10:30 this morning. >>> the debate over the redskins' name and logo stirred again. a symposium last week featured a discussion of whether the name should be changed. it is considered by many to be a racial slur about native americans. over the years, the teams' owners have opposed the change, citing tradition. and the redskins organization is offering no comment about the forum. we want to hear your thoughts. we posted the question on our facebook page, washington redskins, offensive name or part of tradition? tell us your thoughts. we're going to share a few responses we've received. change it, like it or not, it's racist and down right wrong. i know tradition is tradition, but sometimes the world needs to move on. native americans have always found it offensive and that is not new and the fact we ignore them is horrible. others see it differently. dick writes -- you can contribute to more on our face book page. >>> huge show
the force the u.s. has in afghanistan. the rest are due to be home by the end of 2014. the pentagon is considering whether to leave a small force in afghanistan beyond that. >>> immigration, that is topping at agenda ate meeting at the white house. four senators who helped create i new immigration reform plan will sit down with president obama to brief him on their progress. also on imgleyings, this is a group in town who is working to stop deportation. it is called we have dreams too. hundreds of immigrant workers are in d.c. for two days for the event. -- also on immigration, there is a group in town who is working to stop deportation. >>> it was just a sip of water. >> but it has people talking. we'll tell you about that. >>> we have rain showers moving in. but for parts of the area, it will transition over to snow later tonight. i'll have all the details on the weather and julie will have your traffic.  my mom doesn't drink starbucks coffee because she thinks it's too dark, and so i brought her some blonde roast. she loves it now. "my son made me this coffee," "y
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